Morgantown, WV – Last year one area that took a bit of a dip in production was the run game. The Mountaineers at times went flat running the ball and put more on the shoulders of quarterback Will Grier. This year, Grier seems to have a lot of confidence in what may be a group that gets the job done by committee.
“They all bring something different to the table. I really like where they’re at. They work well with each other and we’re going to be able rotate those guys, I think they’ll do a good job.” Grier said.
Grier went into detail on how each back was different. “Kennedy (McKoy) is just a great football player he’s got a knack for it, (Martell) Pettaway has some side to side and has some speed, (Alec) Sinkfield is obviously shifty and has some speed and Leddie (Brown) is going to be north and south and has a little pop to him.”
Freshman running back Leddie Brown has been a name that could emerge as someone who could possibly see the field in 2018, “Leddie might be the biggest, he’s huge. By the time he develops a little bit in the weight room he’s going to be real big.” Grier said. Brown is a true freshman who chose the Mountaineers early in his recruitment and stayed with that pledge after Florida came in hot pursuit for him. He will be fighting throughout camp to make his case for playing time in year one.
Projected starting running back Kennedy McKoy was asked what he has been working on over the summer and he responded, “Just being more consistent and becoming an every down back. We have a lot of good competition in our room right now, so I have to stay consistent to earn that role.”
West Virginia will definitely not shy away from airing it out, but this group of backs should make life a lot simpler on quarterback Will Grier and others involved.